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Bartholomew [née Mounsey], Ann Shepherd (1811–1891), composer, pianist, and organist, was born on 17 April 1811 at 21 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, the eldest child of Thomas Mounsey, a licensed victualler, and his wife, Mary, née Briggs. Her younger sister, Elizabeth Mounsey...

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Bright [married name Knatchbull], Dora Estella (1862–1951), composer and pianist, was born on 16 August 1862 at 375 Glossop Road, Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire, the daughter of a merchant's clerk, Augustus Bright, and his wife, Katherine Coveney Pitt. In February 1881 she entered the ...

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Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1858–1929) by unknown photographer, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Broadwood, Lucy Etheldred (1858–1929), musician and folk-song collector, was born on 9 August 1858 at Pavilion House, Melrose, Scotland, the youngest of the eleven children of Henry Fowler Broadwood (1811–1893), piano manufacturer, and his wife, Juliana Maria, née Birch (1816–1898). She was the great-granddaughter of ...

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See Dussek [née Corri; other married name Moralt], Sophia Justina [Giustina]

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Rita Evelyn Cann (1911–2001) by Val Wilmer, 1990 photograph © Val Wilmer

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Cann, Rita Evelyn [performing name Rita Lawrence] (1911–2001), pianist and singer, was born on 24 January 1911 at Heathfield, Box Ridge Avenue, Beddington, Surrey, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Albert Sam Cann (1871–1930×34), an import–export merchant, and his wife, ...

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Carmichael, Mary Grant (1850/51–1935), pianist and composer, was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, the daughter of John Carmichael of Corosal. Her youngest brother, Montague (1857–1936), entered the diplomatic service and was the author of a number of belletristic books on Italy. Mary was educated in ...

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Grace Elizabeth Agnes Annie Cole (1924–2006) by Val Wilmer, 1986 © Val Wilmer

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Cole, Grace Elizabeth Agnes Annie [Gracie] (1924–2006), trumpeter, was born at Ivy Cottage, Rowlands Gill, co. Durham, on 8 September 1924, the only child of Albert Ernest Cole (1904–1986), miner and musician, and his wife, Elsie, née Lee (1905–1972). Her four first names were those of two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers. Her father played cornet in colliery bands in ...

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Cumming, Barbara Theresa [name in religion Hildelith Cumming] (1909–1991), nun, printer, and musician, was born on 15 December 1909 at 61 Thurleigh Road, Battersea, the third daughter of Frederick Mann Cumming (1869–1931), a civil engineer's assistant, and his wife, Emma Georgiana Love (1868–1935)...

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Dyson [married name Thomas], (Barbara) Ruth (1917–1997), keyboard player, was born on 28 March 1917 at 5 St Mark's Square, St Pancras, London, the only child of Ernest Andrews Dyson (1884–1979), a doctor, from Sheffield, then serving as captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps...

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Gambarini [married name Chazal], Elizabeth [Elisabetta de Gambarini] (1730–1765), composer, keyboard player, and singer, was born on 7 September 1730 in Holles Street, St Marylebone, Middlesex, the third of the four children of Charles Gambarini (d. 1754) and his wife, Joanna (Giovanna Paula) Stradiotti (...

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Harrison, Beatrice Bohun (1892–1965), cellist, was born on 9 December 1892 in Roorkee, in the North-Western Provinces of India, the second of the four daughters of Colonel John H. C. Harrison RE (d. 1936), at that time principal of the College of Sappers and Miners...

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Joyce Hilda Hatto (1928–2006) by Vivienne, 1972 © reserved

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Hatto [married name Barrington-Coupe], Joyce Hilda (1928–2006), pianist, was born on 5 September 1928 at 65 Canterbury Terrace, Kilburn, London, the only child of Horace Hatto, a baker and confectioner who later became an antiques dealer, and his wife, Dorothy Hilda, née...

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Imogen Clare Holst (1907–1984) by Mary Potter, 1954–5 courtesy of The Britten–Pears Library, Aldeburgh; photograph Nigel Luckhurst; reproduced by permission of the Mary Potter Estate

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Holst, Imogen Clare (1907–1984), musician, was born at 31 Grena Road, Richmond, Surrey, on 12 April 1907, the only child of the composer Gustav Theodore Holst (1874–1934) and his wife, (Emily) Isobel Harrison (1876–1969). Imogen was brought up in west London (with a holiday home from 1915 in, or near, ...

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Hudson, Mary (1758–1801), organist, was born on 13 March 1758 and baptized on 15 March 1758 in the parish of St Gregory by St Paul in the City of London the daughter of the composer Robert Hudson (1732–1815) and his wife Mary née...

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Arabella Hunt (1662–1705) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1692 © Crown copyright in photograph: UK Government Art Collection